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Stories by Beth Ford Roth

San Francisco Pride Names Pvt. Bradley Manning Of Wikileaks Infamy As Parade Grand Marshal

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Military LGBT activists are "astounded" that San Francisco Pride organizers chose Chelsea Manning - a.k.a. Army Pvt. Bradley Manning - as honorary parade grand marshal. Manning was found guilty of espionage in 2013 for handing over top secret government documents to Wikileaks. Today the Army upheld that conviction, and the 35 year sentence that went along with it.

USS Zumwalt Christening Ceremony On Saturday (Video)

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On Saturday morning in Bath, Maine, the daughters of the late Admiral Elmo R. "Bud" Zumwalt Jr. will break a bottle of sparkling wine across the bow of the ship that bears their father's name. The USS Zumwalt is being hailed as the the largest Navy destroyer ever built. Its new home will be San Diego.

Malaysia Airlines Search Has Cost Pentagon $7 Million...So Far (Video)

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The U.S. Department of Defense has spent more than $7 million on the search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 since the plane went missing on March 8. The biggest chunk of funds has gone towards the P-8 Poseidon aircraft, which has a $4,000-per-flight-hour operating cost.

Marine Shooting At Camp Lejeune May Have Been Accidental

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The fatal shooting of Marine Lance Cpl. Mark N. Boterf by a fellow Marine guard at Camp Lejeune on Monday "appears right now to have been an accident," according to the Department of Defense.

Marine Guard Shoots Fellow Marine To Death At Camp Lejeune (Video)

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In the second fatal shooting at a military base in less than a week, a Camp Lejeune Marine guard killed a fellow Marine with a single gunshot wound to the chest. Camp Lejeune officials are calling the killing an "isolated incident."

Death Of West Point Graduate In Afghanistan Under Investigation (Video)

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The military is investigating the death of Army Capt. James E. Chaffin III, 27, who lost his life April 1 in Kandahar, Afghanistan. The Department of Defense says Chaffin died in a "non-combat related incident."

One Veteran's Treatment For PTSD? Going Nude (Video)

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Max Sanchez is an Army veteran who saw combat in the Vietnam War. As a result, he suffered from PTSD for decades, with traditional therapies doing little to quell his symptoms. But now Sanchez is enjoying life again, thanks to an unconventional, out-of-the-boxers stress reliever.

USS Reagan Sailors File $1 Billion Suit Over Radiation Exposure (Video)

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Scores of USS Ronald Reagan crew members have filed a $1 billion lawsuit against the Japanese utility that runs the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant. The class-action suit, filed in federal court in San Diego, claims the utility lied about unsafe levels of radiation emanating from the plant after Japan's epic 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

US Navy Black Box Detector Picks Up 'Pings' In Malaysia Airlines Search (Video)

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Amidst the desperate search for any signs of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, the U.S. Navy's Towed Pinger Locator 25 may have picked up pings from the black box of the missing airplane. The Australian navy ship Ocean Shield, towing the U.S. Navy's black box detector, picked up the pings Sunday in a remote region of the southern Indian Ocean.

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San Diego Family With Sick Baby On Sailboat Requires Military Rescue (Video)

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A San Diego family thanked the U.S. Navy, Coast Guard, and California National Guard after requiring a military rescue when their 1-year-old daughter became seriously ill aboard their sailboat. The Kaufman family was attempting a controversial trip around-the-world trip with their two small daughters.

USS Coronado Commissioning Ceremony Set For Saturday (Video)

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The long-awaited commissioning ceremony for the future USS Coronado is scheduled to take place Saturday morning at Naval Air Station, North Island. The Navy's newest littoral combat ship arrived in San Diego last month.

Fort Hood Shooter Had Mental Health Issues, Says General (Video)

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Four people died and 16 were injured in the shooting rampage at Fort Hood in Texas. One of the four who died was the gunman, an Iraq war veteran who may have suffered from PTSD. The soldier killed himself.

US Troops Looking For Jobs May Find Them In Australia's Military

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The budget for Australia's military - the Australian Defence Force - is expected to double over the next decade. That means Aussie military recruiters are looking overseas to fill military jobs like fast jet pilots, air combat officers, and electrical engineers.

Hagel: Finding Malaysia Airlines MH370 Has "Big Limitations" (Video)

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The epic search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 will be one of the main topics Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel plans to discuss when he meets with fellow defense chiefs at the upcoming Association of Southeast Asian Nations conference. Hagel said en route to the conference that the search has "big limitations" to being successful.

Sesame Street App For Military Kids Helps Ease Stress Of Moving

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It's estimated children in military families move as many as nine times between kindergarten and high school. A new mobile app featuring familiar Sesame Street characters aims to ease the stress of moving to an unfamiliar new home.

No U.S. Military Combat Deaths In March, A First Since 2003

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For the first time since February 2003, an entire month passed with no member of the United States military dying in either Afghanistan or Iraq.

3 Camp Pendleton Marines Stabbed Coming To Aid Of Woman (Video)

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Two Camp Pendleton Marines are in the hospital this morning, and a third Marine recovering at home, after the three were stabbed breaking up a street fight. Police say the Marines were trying to help a woman wearing an Angels jersey, who was involved in an altercation with two male Dodgers fans.

US Naval Academy Student Dies In Skateboarding Accident

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Midshipman 3rd Class Hans Loewen, 20, died March 29 after suffering a massive head injury in a freak accident. Loewen, a sophomore at the U.S. Naval Academy, was skateboarding (wearing a helmet) when he fell and was run over by a car.

Birthday Surprise: Boy Becomes Navy SEAL For A Day (Video)

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Mason Rudder is a six-year-old boy who can't be as active as other kids his age because of a rare genetic neuromuscular disorder called Escobar syndrome. But despite being dealt a rough hand at birth, Mason has no doubt about what he wants to be when he grows up - a Navy SEAL.

Camp Pendleton Marines Deploying Tuesday To Australia (Video)

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Marines and sailors assigned to the 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment will depart Camp Pendleton on Tuesday for a six month deployment to Australia. The deployment is part of the U.S. Department of Defense's effort to bolster forces in the Asia Pacific region, where China is asserting its own presence.

A Promise Broken? Pentagon May Close Some Commissaries

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Defense Department officials have promised for months that while budget cuts might mean higher prices at commissaries, the doors of the military grocery stores would remain open. Now, it seems some commissaries may close after all.

US Navy Sends 2nd Search Plane To Find Malaysia Airlines MH370 (Video)

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As the search intensifies in the southern Indian Ocean for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, the U.S. Navy is sending a second P-8 Poseidon Patrol aircraft to Australia to help pinpoint the location of what is believed to be the debris field of the missing airplane.

Navy Sailor Killed In Norfolk Shooting ID'ed (Video)

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The Navy has identified the sailor killed in Monday's shooting at Naval Station Norfolk as Master-at-Arms 2nd Class Mark A. Mayo, 24. Navy leaders say Mayo gave his life trying to protect a female sailor.

Navy To Ban Tobacco Sales On Bases And Ships?

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Buying a pack of cigarettes on a Navy base or ship may soon be a thing of the past. Navy officials are considering banning the sale of all tobacco products as a way of improving the "culture of fitness" in the Navy.

Navy Commander From California Killed In Washington Mudslide (Video)

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The brothers of U.S. Navy Cmdr. L. John Regelbrugge III, 49, found his body Tuesday, making the Regelbrugge one of at least 24 people killed in the Washington state mudslide. Regelbrugge was a California native who spent 32 years in the Navy, serving some of that time at Naval Station North Island in San Diego.

2,000 Camp Pendleton Marines Train Near San Luis Obispo (Video)

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Roughly 2,000 Marines from Camp Pendleton are training this week at Fort Hunter Liggett and Camp Roberts along California's central coast.

Navy Chaplain From California Dies After Surgery

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A Navy chaplain from Irvine, Calif. died in Italy from complications after surgery. Deputy Chaplain (Lt. Cmdr.) John Keith, 49, passed away Saturday night in an Italian hospital in Naples after being transferred from a nearby Naval hospital.

Two Dead In Shooting At World's Largest Navy Base (Video)

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The Navy is investigating a shooting at Naval Station Norfolk that left two men dead - one a sailor and one a civilian. According to the Navy, the killing of the sailor took place aboard the USS Mahan late Monday night. Naval security forces then killed the civilian believed to be the assailant.

Camp Pendleton To Host Job Fair For Military Spouses

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Camp Pendleton is hosting the Military Spouse Employment Program Hiring Fair and Career Forum on Tuesday. The husbands and wives of active duty, National Guard, reservists and veterans are all welcome — along with Gold Star Spouses.

US Navy Sends Black Box Locator To Malaysia Airlines MH370 Search Site (Video)

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The U.S. Navy is sending a piece of specialized equipment called the Towed Pinger Locator 25 to the southern Indian Ocean to assist in finding the black box of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

Fallen Marine's Dad Wants Peace At Fred Phelps' Funeral (Video)

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Fred Phelps, controversial leader of a church best known for picketing military funerals, has died at the age of 84. The father of a fallen Twentynine Palms Marine whose lawsuit against the Westboro Baptist Church made its way to the Supreme Court has said he hopes Phelps is "buried in peace."

Article 32 Hearing Set For Airman Charged With Killing Navy Broadcaster

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The Air Force has scheduled an Article 32 hearing to take place May 12 for Air Force Staff Sgt. Sean M. Oliver. The hearing, akin to a civilian preliminary hearing, will determine if there is enough evidence for a court-martial in connection with the strangling death of Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Dmitry Chepusov.

Camp Pendleton Marines Rescue Camel In Afghanistan

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It might not be part of the official job description of being a U.S. Marine, but that didn't stop a group of troops — some assigned to Camp Pendleton — from rescuing a camel trapped in a ditch in Afghanistan.

Navy To Pay Sailors Full Tuition Assistance Reimbursement For 2015

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The Navy will pay full tuition assistance reimbursement for its sailors during fiscal year 2015. The original plan on the table for the Navy's TA program in FY 2015 would've required sailors to pay a quarter of their tuition costs, with the Navy footing the bill for the remaining 75 percent.

Watch Historic Medal Of Honor Ceremony Live (Video)

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President Barack Obama today will award the Medal of Honor to 24 soldiers who served in WWII, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. A prior congressional investigation found many of these soldiers were previously denied the Medal of Honor due to their Jewish or Latino heritage.

After 15,000 Square Miles Searched, USS Kidd Ends Hunt For Malaysia Airlines MH370 (Video)

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After a search mission that involved scouring 15,000 square miles of ocean, the San Diego-based USS Kidd and its helicopters have ended their search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

Blue Angels Soar Over Skies Of El Centro (Video)

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The Navy's Blue Angels kicked off the first show of their 2014 season on Saturday to an enthusiastic crowd of thousands at the NAF El Centro Air Show. Most of the squad's 2013 season was cancelled due to sequestration budget cuts.

Navy Sailors And Marines To Get Career Sea Pay Raises

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Starting this summer, the Navy will give sailors and Marines a 25 percent raise in career sea pay.

Navy SEALs Seize Control Of 'Morning Glory' From Libyans (Video)

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A team of Navy SEALs took control of the commercial tanker ship "Morning Glory" on Sunday from the armed Libyans who seized the ship in early March, according to an announcement by Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby.

US Airman Charged With Killing Navy Broadcaster (Video)

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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Sean M. Oliver, 34, has been charged with killing Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Dmitry Chepusov, 31, on Dec. 14, 2013. Sources close to the investigation have told Home Post that Oliver was the boyfriend of Chepusov's estranged wife.

Malaysia Airlines Search Sends USS Kidd To Indian Ocean (Video)

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The Malaysian government's announcement that the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 was a deliberate act has prompted the U.S. military to reorganize assets searching for the missing plane. The San Diego-based USS Kidd is now part of a team looking in the northern Indian Ocean.

USS Coronado Had Near Miss With Gray Whales En Route To San Diego (Video)

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The USS Coronado almost collided with a pod of gray whales off the coast of Orange County as the ship was heading to its new homeport of San Diego earlier this week.

Report: US Military's Ban On Transgender Troops 'Damaging'

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There is no "compelling medical reason" to ban transgender people from serving in the U.S. military, according to a report released Thursday by an independent commission lead by former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Joycelyn Elders.

San Diego-Based USS Pinckney Ends Its Search For Malaysia Airines MH370 (Video)

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The San Diego-based USS Pinckney will no longer be a part of the international search mission for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. The Navy has announced the Pinckney will instead head to Singapore for maintenance. But the San Diego-based USS Kidd is still involved in the hunt for MH370.

San Diego-Based Navy Ships Dedicated To Search For Malaysia Airlines MH370 (Video)

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San Diego-based ships from the U.S. Navy's Seventh Fleet have been searching the better part of five days for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. Navy officials say as each day passes, the hunt for the vanished plane becomes more difficult.

Report: Deadly Navy Jet Crash Caused By Pilot Error

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A new accident report finds pilot error was to blame for the deadly crash of a Navy EA-6B Prowler that went down shortly after taking off from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island in Washington state on March 11, 2013. Three Naval aviators lost their lives in the crash.

U.S. Navy Plays Major Role In Malaysia Airlines MH370 Search (Video)

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The U.S. Navy's Seventh Fleet is playing a major role in the hunt for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. Two San Diego-based ships, USS Kidd and USS Pinckney, are conducting searches in the Gulf of Thailand for any sign of the missing plane.

USS Ronald Reagan Holds Ceremony To Mark Japan Earthquake Anniversary (Video)

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A memorial ceremony to mark the third anniversary of the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan will be held aboard USS Ronald Reagan this morning. The Reagan was an instrumental part of humanitarian efforts in the wake of the tragedy in Japan.

Marine Corps IDs Top Gun Student Killed In Nevada Jet Crash

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The pilot killed March 1 when his F/A-18C Hornet crashed near NAS Fallon has been identified as Marine Corps Capt. Reid "Eeyore" Nannen, 32, of Hopedale, Ill. He leaves behind a wife and four children.

2 San Diego-Based Navy Ships Search For Missing Malaysia Airlines Plane (Video)

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Two Navy ships homeported in San Diego, USS Kidd and USS Pinckney, have joined the international search team looking for any signs of missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.